Vietnam first conducts kidney transplant across blood groups
For the first time Vietnamese doctors at Cho Ray hospital in HCM City have successfully conducted a renal transplant with a kidney taken from a relative who has a different blood group.
The male patient, Vi Van B, 54, suffered from end-stage kidney failure. All treatment efforts were unsuccessful, and the patient had to undergo hemodialysis.
His wife, Tran Thi H., 51, decided to donate one of her kidneys. The problem is that the couple have different blood groups. Such a transplant was yet to be performed in Vietnam.
Cho Ray Hospital was carrying out a national-level scientific research project on incompatible kidney transplantation, and the patient was luckily selected for the surgery.
The patient underwent a renal transplant on December 29, 2021, and two days after the surgery, the kidney function returned to normal, doctors said on January 21.
During their follow-up examination on January 21, the couple have recovered well. The husband, after the kidney transplant, was able to eat and walk normally.
“I’m extremely happy, I feel as if I was born the second time,” said the husband.
Dr. Nguyen Tri Thuc, director of Cho Ray Hospital said the successful operation on people with incompatible blood groups has opened up life-saving opportunities for patients suffering from end-stage renal failure.